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Third quarter dooms Chargers in loss to Hot Dogs

LINDEN — A poor third quarter on both ends of the floor by North Montgomery proved to be the difference in a 71-52 setback for the Chargers at home on Friday night against Frankfort.

The Hot Dogs (7-8, 2-3 SAC) outscored North Montgomery (2-16, 0-6 SAC) 23-8 in the third period — turning a 33-27 halftime lead into a 56-35 advantage.

“For some reason that third quarter is always killing us,” North Montgomery coach Chad Arnold said. “It’s either the second or third every game. It’s tough. We gave up 23 points and only scored eight. It’s hard to compete when you give up that many points. We’ve got to be better in the third quarter.”

Frankfort opened the quarter on a 9-0 run including six from senior Riley Goodnight, who led all scorers with 20 points for the game.

The Chargers made just two field goals in the third period and committed six of their 17 turnovers over the eight minutes of action. After the Hot Dogs turned it over seven times in the first quarter, Frankfort committed just three more the rest of the way.

Frankfort led 15-13 after a quarter and pulled ahead 31-20 with 2:31 left in the first half, before Jakob Kirsch scored seven-straight for the Chargers late in the second period. Kirsch, who was crowned winter homecoming king between the junior-varsity and varsity contest, scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the first half.

“I thought Jakob did a really good job in the first half,” Arnold said of his senior leader. “He had 15 points and helped us stay in the game at halftime.”

The Hot Dogs had no problem surpassing their 62-point scoring average and did so with a balanced attack. Jayce Strode added 14 to Goodnight’s 20, while Quentcy Perry chipped in 11 off the bench and Kye Kirby scored seven.

“They run good action,” Arnold said. “Nathan (VanDuyne) is a good coach, Goodnight is a hard guard. Spencer is a good guard and can handle the ball and then Strode is a load. He might be the best big man we’ve played against. They’re hard to handle.

“We did do some good things, but regardless, you can’t give up 71 points in a high school basketball game and win too many games.”

North Montgomery’s 52 points was the second most scored by the Chargers this season as Jarrod Kirsch added 11 and Colton Zachary, who had missed the last several games, scored 12 off the bench.

“Colton is a good player,” Arnold said of the junior. “12 points tonight, I didn’t expect that. He gives us another scorer and it’s good to have him back. We definitely missed him.”

The Hot Dogs connected on 50% (28-of-56) of their shots, while North Montgomery was just 19-of-48 from the field. Frankfort out-rebounded the Chargers 35-29 and turned 12 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points compared to four for the Chargers.

Frankfort welcomes Lapel tonight, while North Montgomery is at Tri-West next Friday.

Frankfort 71, North Montgomery 52

Score by Quarters

FF 15 18 23 15 - 66

NM 13 14 8 17 - 54

Frankfort (7-8, 2-3 SAC)

FG-FGA FT-FTA PTS: Wood 2-4 0-0 5, Meeks 2-3 0-0 5, Spencer 2-9 0-5 5, Kirby 2-8 0-0 7, Perry 4-12 1-2 11, Goodnight 7-14 3-3 20, Strode 6-8 2-3 14, Cruz 2-3 0-0 4; Totals 28-56 6-7 71

North (2-16 0-6 SAC )

Jakob Kirsch 6-11 3-5 18, Jarrod Kirsch 4-15 0-0 11, Colton Zachary 5-9 0-0 12, Ross Dyson 1-4 0-0 2, Kelby Harwood 1-5 1-2 3, Nolan Graham 0-1 2-2 2, Drew Norman 2-3 0-0 4, Treyce Pittman 0-0 0-0 0, Benjamin Pietsch 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 19-48 6-9 52

3-Pt Shooting: FF 9-34 (Goodnight 3, Perry 2, Wood, Meeks, Spencer, Kirby), NM 8-27 (Jarrod Kirsch 3, Jakob Kirsch 3, Colton Zachary 2)

Rebounds: FF 35, NM 29

Turnovers: FF 10, NM 17

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